WA Delegate (non-executive): The Empire of Midshire (elected )
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Embassies: Nudist Dreamland, Gay, United States of America, Philosophy 115, Global Right Alliance, Sunalaya, Libcom, The Rose Garden, New World Union, The Illuminati, Esamir, The Maritimes, The Socialist States of the Philippines, Federation of Planets Headquarters, Haiku, LCRUA, and 77 others.Turkic Union, Capitalist Libertarian Freedom Region, Das Kommune, Autism Spectrum, Freak Show, Pluviostan, Krillin, Asylum, Future Earth, The Bar on the corner of every region, Solid Kingdom, Yarnia, Hollow Point, Right to Life, Mapperdonia, The Greatest Freak Show on Earth, The Meme Must Go On, The World of Remnant, Avadam Inn, New World Alliance, Regionless, Dauiland, International Debating Area, The Bunny Fire, The Great Universe, Red Alliance, The Junto Region, The United Empires of Carson, The Dank Meme Alliance, The Remnant of Alkmon, The Atheist Empire, The Dawn of Unity, Novo Brasil, LGBT University, Communist Cartel, The LCRUA, The Revolutionary Communist Alliance, nasunia, Lesbian, Region Name, League Of Allied Powers, Laraniem, Bisexual, Latinoamerica Libre, Nuovoiork, New York, Lisseum, Gypsy Lands, Union of Liberal Nations, Monarchist and Democratic Alliance, Chicken overlords, The Transgender Region, matheo, Weffle, The Vincence Empire, Underworld, The Cult of PCHS, Isle Of Wooloo Kingdom, Ankh Morpork, The Region Of Gargery, The Embassy, SolarFlare, Noneuropean Union, The Agents of SHIELD, The Blue Star Union, Institute of Cellulose, Philosophers, Sex, Non Binary Safe Space, Portugal, The Power Gulids, Roma Invicta, Cambrian United Legacy, The Galactic Union of Nations, Montrandecs Neighbours, Scott land, and Eretz Israel.
Regional Power: Moderate
Today's World Census Report
The Highest Drug Use in Gay Equality
World Census experts sampled many cakes of dubious content to determine which nations' citizens consume the most recreational drugs.
As a region, Gay Equality is ranked 5,065th in the world for Highest Drug Use.
|1.||The Empire of Midshire||Left-Leaning College State||“Death to Seagulls!”|
|2.||The Constitutional Monarchy of Avalonde||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”|
|3.||The Kingdom of Slievenmon||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Providence”|
|4.||The Chartered Association of Office Girls||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Your call was placed on hold. Please wait.”|
|5.||The Wicca Queendom of Quartzinne||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Please send Issue #427”|
|6.||The People's Republic of Hippie Utopia||Left-wing Utopia||“Forward”|
|7.||The Matriarchy of Foxanist Revolutionary State||Corrupt Dictatorship||“Obey no one, but the Goddesses!”|
|8.||The Protectorate of Primera Vista||Left-wing Utopia||“Tener y no tener”|
|9.||The Federal Republic of Great Lindonia||Scandinavian Liberal Paradise||“Noone left behind”|
|10.||The United Socialist States of REichmiller||Democratic Socialists||“100 Year Old Politicians are a Thing of the Past”|
Recent polls: “Unconventional Career Options for Office Girls” • “Who would you put up on a new Mount Rushmore-type monument?”
- : Embassy cancelled between The Popptart Empire and Gay Equality.
- : Embassy cancelled between Asexuality and Gay Equality.
- : The Kingdom of Slievenmon arrived from Utopida.
- : The Protectorate of Oversized Operativez 21 of the region The Popptart Empire ordered the closure of its embassy in Gay Equality.
- : The Nomadic Peoples of Short height arrived from Lazarus.
- : The Chartered Association of Office Girls created a new regional poll: "Unconventional Career Options for Office Girls".
- : The Protectorate of Northern Erli Island of the region Turkic Union cancelled the closure of its embassy in Gay Equality.
- : Embassy established between Gay Equality and Eretz Israel.
- : The People's Republic of Hippie Utopia arrived from Reality.
- : The Federation of Cuturse of the region Turkic Union ordered the closure of its embassy in Gay Equality.
Gay Equality Regional Message Board
Warren says supreme court lost legitimacy with Roe reversal
Leading Democrats on Sunday continued calling the supreme court’s legitimacy into question after it took away the nationwide right to abortion last week, and some again lobbied for appointing additional justices to the panel so as to blunt the conservative super-majority which made the controversial ruling possible.
The Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren suggested to ABC’s This Week that there was urgency to do that because supreme court justice Clarence Thomas indicated within Friday’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade ruling that he’s open to reconsidering precedents guaranteeing contraception, same-sex marriage rights and consensual gay sex.
“They have burned whatever legitimacy they may still have had,” Warren said of the supreme court. “They just took the last of it and set a torch to it.”
The Guardian, 27 June 2022
Oslo shootings won’t stop fight against hate, says prime minister
Fatal shootings at a gay bar in Oslo would not halt the fight against “discrimination, prejudice and hate”, Norway’s prime minister has said, as the country paid tribute to the victims of the attack in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The altar and aisles of the Norwegian capital’s cathedral were draped with rainbow flags for a special memorial service on Sunday attended by mourners, government ministers, church leaders and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
Jonas Gahr Støre, dressed in black, said in an address at the memorial that thousands of people had spontaneously paraded through the streets of Oslo with rainbow flags and laid flowers at the scene despite the cancellation of the city’s planned Pride events.
“During the day, the city was full of people who wanted to speak out, about sorrow and anger, but also about support and solidarity and the will to continue on fighting, for the right of every individual to live a free life, a safe life,” Støre said.
The Guardian, 27 June 2022
Ocasio-Cortez calls for supreme court justices to be impeached
Political pressure is mounting on Joe Biden to take more action to protect abortion rights across the US as firebrand New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for supreme court justices to be impeached for misleading statements about their views on Roe v Wade.
Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks took aim at justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Both were appointed by former president Donald Trump and had signaled that they would not reverse the supreme court’s landmark 1973 decision in Roe v Wade during confirmation hearings as well as in meetings with senators.
On Friday, Kavanaugh and Gorsuch formed part of the conservative majority which in effect ended legal access to abortion in most states, and Ocasio-Cortez said “there must be consequences” for that.
“They lied,” the leftwing, second-term representative said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I believe lying under oath is an impeachable offense … and I believe that this is something that should be very seriously considered.”
The Guardian, 28 June 2022
How do you impeach a supreme court judge ? Is it even possible ?
In Slievenmon, employees who skip lunch to avoid sub-par cafeteria food risk getting fired.
In Upper Uskok Valley, children grow up long before the paperwork for their lemonade stands can be sorted out.
In Quartzinne, folk are absolutely certain that you can never be absolutely certain.
Qatar fails to offer safety guarantees to LGBTQ+ fans
Qatari authorities have failed to give a guarantee to travelling LGBTQ+ supporters that they will be safe at the World Cup, prompting leading organisations to advocate against travel to the tournament.
The Guardian this week presented the Supreme Committee, the body in charge of organising the World Cup, with a series of direct questions related to LGBTQ+ fans and their concerns, but received no specific answers.
The questions included whether:
LGBTQ+ people would be protected by Qatari authorities if threatened because of their sexuality.
Fans carrying rainbow flags would be allowed to take them into stadiums.
The Supreme Committee would specifically welcome LGBTQ+ people as World Cup visitors.
A general reply said: “Everyone will be welcome to Qatar in 2022, regardless of their race, background, religion, gender, sexual orientation or nationality. We are a relatively conservative society – for example, public displays of affection are not a part of our culture. We believe in mutual respect and so whilst everyone is welcome, what we expect in return is for everyone to respect our culture and traditions.”
An unwillingness on the part of Qatari authorities to address concerns directly, or even to mention the term LGBTQ+, has led to a situation where groups are effectively recommending a boycott of the tournament.
Lou Englefield of the organisation Football v Homophobia said: “I know of no European LGBTIQ supporters’ group, or individual supporters, who are currently planning to attend this World Cup. The position of the Supreme Committee is just not in keeping with the undertakings they must have given to Fifa. How can an international sporting event which expects millions of visitors not be open to reassuring a large minority group who have well-founded fears that they will be safe and welcome? We have never seen anything like this.”
The Guardian, 30 June 2022
Amazon bows to UAE pressure to restrict LGBTQ+ search results
Amazon has bowed to pressure from the United Arab Emirates and restricted search results for LGBTQ+-related products such as books and rainbow-coloured flags on its website in the country.
The company decided to restrict the searches after being threatened with penalties by the UAE government, according to the New York Times which first reported the story.
The news comes as Pride month, designed to celebrate LGBTQ+ people around the world every year, comes to an end.
Homosexuality is illegal in the UAE, one of 69 countries in the world that have laws that criminalise being gay.
“As a company, we remain committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and we believe that the rights of LGBTQ+ people must be protected,” an Amazon spokesperson told the BBC.
However, they added: “With Amazon stores around the world, we must also comply with the local laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate.”
The Guardian, 30 June 2022